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Learn how to find, access, and view courses in the lynda.com training library. Staff author Garrick Chow explains how to find the "need to know" material quickly and browse other subjects you might be interested in. A full rundown of the types of training offered is included, from in-depth essential training on specific software packages, to first looks at up-and-coming technology trends, to inspirational documentaries following creative professionals working in a variety of disciplines. Garrick also shows how to use special library features such as bookmarks, the queue, certificates of completion, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and more, as well as where to turn for help when you need it. Plus, learn to access lynda.com on the go, either through our mobile site, or the iOS app, which also supports playing videos on your TV via AirPlay and an Apple TV.
As you browse through lynda.com, you'll probably come across lots of courses you'd like to watch. You can easily keep track of the ones that interest you by creating Playlists. Which let you organize the courses into categories and lists that make sense to you. Here on the Home page under the Queue tab, I can use this menu to quickly access any playlists I previously created. In addition to the queue, which is your default playlists you can create additional playlists organized in any way you prefer. For example, I've created a photography playlist and I can select it to see the top five courses I've added to it. I could also go to the My Courses menu and select Playlists from here, and here on the left sidebar I can select any of the playlists I've created to see them in their entirety. So, playlists allow me to quickly save and jump to any of these courses to start learning.
To get started with your own playlists, first sign into your account. Once you're signed in, you'll see the Queue tab here under My courses. In this account, I currently have no courses assigned to any playlists. So, the Playlist button looks like this. And you'll find it almost everywhere a course title is listed. For example, every course under the latest release is here on our homepage has a playlist button. To create your first playlist just click the button next to any course you want to remember to watch. This gives you a choice of queue, add to a new playlist or go to playlists. Lets select queue.
The queue is your default and first playlist. You can assign any courses you want to your queue, but this might be a good place to save courses that you want to get back to as soon as possible. Or that just look interesting but may not fit in any other playlist categories you might have created. We'll look at creating additional playlists in just a moment but for now notice that the course is now appeared on the Queue tab here under my courses. It also appears under the My Courses menu here in the navigation bar. And again you'll find the playlist button just about everywhere a course is listed on the site. If you browse our library by subject, software or author, for example all choose subject of photography, find the playlist button next to each course here as well.
So. here I can quickly at several courses that interest me to my queue. And you'll also find the app to play this button at the top of each individual course page. So, here on this course page I can see the app to playlist button. I'll again add that to my queue. You can see the top five items in your playlist at any time by returning to the home page and looking under the queue tab.
Click View All to see your entire queue. So, this where you manage your playlists. Some things you can do here include rearranging the playlists by dragging course names up and down. Or you can click the Top button to instantly move a course to the top of the list. You can also see how far along in a course you've progressed and what the duration of the courses are. To remove a course from your playlist, just click the X button. Now, from here you can also create additional playlists. Again, your first playlist is always going to be your queue, but you're also free to create other playlists to organize and arrange the courses you'd like to watch in any way you like.
Start by clicking Create New Playlist. Give your playlist a name, call this one photography. If you like, you can add a description which might be useful if you're trying to remember why you created a particular playlist. I'll leave that blank for now and click Save. And now I see photography listed under playlists in the left column. And because it's a new playlist, it has zero courses. But you can easily move courses from one playlist to another simply by dragging them. Since these are all photography related courses to begin with, I'll just drag them right to photography. I see that my queue is now empty.
And photography contains three courses. Now if for some reason you want a course to appear in more than one playlist, go to that course's page by clicking its name. Then, click the add to playlist button up here and choose the other playlist you want to add it to. Now, you can also use this button to create new playlists, rather than going back to the main playlist page. For example, maybe I want to create a playlist of audio-related courses. Go back to the Subject then menu and choose audio, and maybe I want to start with this course here. And I'll choose add to new playlist.
That gives me a field to name the playlist, I'll call it Audio, I'll click Save, and now as you can see, I have an audio playlist. And now, it's just a simple matter to add the other courses I want to watch to this playlist. (SOUND). Now if I go back to the My Courses menu, to playlists. I can see and manage the playlist I've created. And once you've created more than one playlist, when you return to the home page, you'll find a menu under the playlist tab which you can use to select the playlist you want to browse. So, we hope you'll take advantage of your playlists and enjoy using them to keep track of all the courses you'd like to watch at lynda.com.
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